Lead Plant Scientist

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Created by a chef and a food marketer in 2016, AVA is a Vancouver-based IoT agtech startup on a mission to unlock the green thumb in anyone. We invented AVA Byte, the world’s smartest indoor garden, to empower apartment-dwellers to grow delicious, organic food right at home, all year round, faster than soil.

AVA Perks

High growth startup with an office located in central Vancouver, our office is full of great books, delicious healthy snacks, and some really cool technology. Play around with our 3D printers, robot arms, and thermal cameras, or come out for lunch with an entire team of foodies. Have your own dedicated workstation, join us in team building activities, and access to training and development.


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What You’ll Do

Lead research in all phases of vegetable and herb production and applied plant science research to improve plant growth success and performance
Work with Pod Development Manager and research grant partners which may include contractors, universities, PhD and/or Masters candidates
R&D on our pods and seedlings, including substrate mix, encapsulating nutrients, improving formulations for slow release
Testing pods and systems to improve yield, nutrition, quality, tip burn, bolting resistance, and improved characteristics like appearance and taste of crops
Developing, testing, and launching new pods
Manage our R&D lab for running experiments, monitoring plants and systems, data collection, taking measurements, analyzing data, creating summary reports, propagation and transplanting, and keeping plants thriving
Educate and manage colleagues in the new pods including claims, benefits, growth times, taste, and growing recipes
Working with engineers and marketers to improve growing techniques, hardware, growth recipes
Weekly project status updates to team on progress, timeline, and budget
Understanding of processes in genetic selection, crosses, and generation evaluation
Track and report plant health from propagation to harvest
Qualifications

We encourage you to apply even if you do not think you meet all of the qualifications.

3+ years of lab or cultivation experience
Minimum Bachelor degree in sciences
Preference for specific studies in horticulture, biology, nutrient development, plant breeding and genetics, encapsulation, substrate development, greenhouse, biochar, peat, hydroponics, aquaponics
What We’re Looking For

Knowledge and experience in greenhouse, hydroponic, aquaponic, and/or indoor crop production
Working knowledge of new technologies/methodologies in plant breeding
Strong technical understanding of design, implementation, management, data collection and analysis of growth chamber experiments
Organized documentation and written reporting skills
Experience with data management and data analysis
Ability to work well with multidisciplinary teams
Self-starting, ability to work independently with minimal supervision
Interested in a dynamic work environment and able to handle multiple projects simultaneously
A passion for food – eating it, cooking it, looking at it, growing it
As a startup, we all wear many different hats; roll up your sleeves, try something new, and get growing with the AVA team!

To apply for this job please visit avagrows.com.